The goal for all skin types is always to make it as healthy as possible, this is also true of acne-prone skin. Superior quality natural ingredients, consistency and a holistic approach give you the best chance of obtaining the healthy skin you crave. Here are 6 practical and implementable tips for healthier acne-prone skin.
What is acne-prone skin?
Acne-prone skin is producing more sebum (a natural lubricate and moisturiser that you create) than is necessary. That sebum coats the skin in an oily film which hardens, clogs your pores, and causes blemishes (pimples) on the skin. You can have acne at any age and on any area of the body besides your palms and the soles of your feet.
How to care for oily-acne-prone skin.
1. Cleanse Daily
Because your skin is ance-prone to excess sebum production; you need to cleanse regularly to reduce the chances of clogged pores and more breakouts. Use a gentle but effective cleanser like our bar soap to gently and effectively cleanse your skin without damaging your skin’s barrier.
Our shea butter bars offer a rich and creamy lather that gently, but thoroughly wash away dirt, grime, and excess sebum from your acne-prone skin without stripping and drying it.
The best soap bars for acne-prone skin:
Lemon Poppy: It gently exfoliates your acne-prone skin with poppy seeds and the lemon and bergamot essential oils banish acne-causing bacteria on the body as well as contain brightening properties which fade dark spots from previous breakouts.
Muddy Waters: Contains dead sea mud, which is a natural detoxifier, removing hardened sebum and dead skin from the skins surface. The blend of antibacterial lavender and sebum-controlling cedarwood essential oil makes this bar ideal for acne-prone skin.
Au Naturale: Unscented and untextured, this gentle shea butter bar is ideal for sensitive acne-prone skin types. Made with anti-inflammatory shea butter and antibacterial coconut oil, they combine to offer a rich scentless lather that soothes and nourishes the skin whilst cleansing.
3. Regularly exfoliate.
Your acne-prone face and body both benefit from regular, gentle exfoliation. You must use gentle exfoliants like clays or fruit enzymes on your face to prevent micro tears. On your body, you can use our exfoliating African Sapo Sponge to maintain clean skin daily.
For added exfoliation you can use one of our all-natural exfoliating bar soaps, Elbows, Knees, and Toes is an excellent choice to exfoliate your body effectively and gently from the neck down to your feet. Scented with an acne-busting blend of anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial tea tree, peppermint, and rosemary essential oil. This bar lifts off dead skin, hardened sebum and other pollutants from the skin leaving it clearer and smoother without causing barrier damage.
The oil and butter combination of our bars offers a rich cleanse without stripping or drying your skin but also without clogging the pores and causing further breakouts. The exfoliating pumice powder in the bar provides a very thorough cleanse, lifting away rough dead skin and hardened sebum to reveal softer, smoother skin. Follow with a butter or oil of your choice and enjoy glowing smooth skin.
How often should you exfoliate?
Exfoliating too often may damage your skin’s barrier whilst not exfoliating enough, will lead to dead skin buildup and more acne breakouts.
- Daily – Use our African Sapo Sponge with one of our smooth bars to effectively remove hardened sebum, and sweat and oils from the body to minimise breakouts.
- Weekly – Exfoliate your acne-prone skin with one of our exfoliating bars to maintain healthy, soft skin.
After cleansing, it is particularly important to replenish the skin with a nourishing natural moisturiser. One of the biggest misconceptions about caring for acne-prone skin is that we should avoid moisturisers. We need moisturisers, we just need to know which ones work for our oily-acne-prone skin types.
By starving your skin of moisturisers, you are signalling to your skin’s receptors that there is a lack of oil on your skin (which is true) and more oil needs to be produced. The more oil produced, the greater the chances of more acne breakouts.
Here is a list of the best oils and butter for acne-prone skin which replenish and maintain skin moisture without causing further breakouts.
A heavy sticky oil that penetrates deep into the skin. Its potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties clear skin of acne-causing impurities. It also minimises scarring, acts as a humectant and moisturises the skin.
Uses: Oil cleanses, and moisturises the skin
Pro tip: I add a little to my Shea Magnifique (Shea oil) for added moisture and protection as well as to aid its penetration on the skin.
High in vitamin E it protects the skin from environmental damage and strengthens collagen and elastin as well as toning and tightening the skin.
Uses: Cleanse and moisturise the skin.
A green oil with a distinct grassy smell, it absorbs deeply into the skin stimulating skin regeneration, repairing broken skin, and diminishing scarring.
Uses: To oil cleanse and moisturise skin.
Contains anti-inflammatory properties and increases circulation in the skin. It aids in the reduction of swelling and has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Borage seed oil
Anti-inflammatory with a high amount of natural GLA (gamma linoleic acid) regenerates, firms and rejuvenates the skin’s barrier function decreasing water loss and maintaining skin elasticity whilst banishing skin dryness. It also contains ferulic acid, an antioxidant which protects and soothes damaged skin whilst it is astringent properties calm redness and minimises pore size.
Uses: Cleanse & moisturise
Shea Butter / Shea Oil
Highly moisturising, and full of regenerative and protective vitamin C, it is used to protect the skin from environmental damage. It offers UV protection which pairs well with your SPF moisturiser to aid in the prevention of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Shea oil is light enough to use as a daily face oil whilst shea butter’s potent anti-inflammatory properties soothe and nourish the body without clogging the pores.
Uses: Cleanse, moisturise
4. Diet & Hydration.
Taking an holistic approach to your acne-prone skincare must involve reevaluating your diet. On a fundamental level, reduce refined sugar and sodium as they cause inflammation. Nutritionally poor and overly processed foods contain little nutrients which leads to deficiencies in the body. Due to this deficiency, your body uses what it has to maintain your essential organs and basic bodily functions. When you eat a balanced and varied diet, your body has a surplus and the nutritional overflow is used to maintain healthy hair, skin, or nails. The better your diet the better your skin.
Pro tip: Evening Primrose supplement for healthy skin from the inside out.
Rich in natural vitamin E and polyunsaturated fatty acid Omega-6 fatty acid, it helps to control inflammation, reducing the effects of skin conditions like acne and eczema. It also supports collagen production and skin elasticity, giving your acne-prone skin a healthy, natural glow from the inside out.
When you exercise, your body’s oxygen levels increase. This is beneficial for your skin because it helps to improve its overall elasticity. Additionally, the increased oxygen flow helps to flush out toxins and impurities from your acne-prone that can clog pores and lead to further breakouts.
5. Professional help
Seek a board-certified Dermatologist at least once a year for a full-body (skin) analysis. Speak to a professional for the right information about your acne-prone skin.